These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Saturday morning.
1. ‘I would have gone into trauma’ had Atiku won at the tribunal —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the first Federal Executive Council meeting took his mind off the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal proceedings. He admitted that he was shaking while the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal delivered its judgment on Wednesday, on the case brought before it by Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
2. Some people scammed Atiku, took his money and lied to him that there was an INEC server —APC Vice Chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman (North East), Mustapha Salihu, has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were deceived to believe that a server was used to transmit election results during the last election. Speaking with newsmen after a meeting with APC stakeholders from Adamawa State, Salihu stated that the ruling made it clear that there was no law backing the use of such server for the election.
3. TRIBUNAL VERDICT: Democracy is dead in Nigeria —Rights Group
The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) says democracy in Nigeria is dead, adding that it is being buried by the judiciary. The rights group was reacting to the judgment delivered on Wednesday by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s election against Atiku Abubakar.
4. PDP accuses presidential tribunal of ‘tampering’ with copy of its ruling, delaying S’Court appeal
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is intentionally delaying the release of the record of its judgement against its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The party in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, claimed that the alleged delay was a calculated attempt by the tribunal to frustrate its plan to appeal at the Supreme Court.
5. KOGI GUBER: Melaye turns down PDP’s appointment as DG campaign council
Senator Dino Melaye has turned down an appointment as the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State. Melaye contested for the governorship ticket of the party alongside 13 others but came a distant fourth behind Engineer Musa Wada, Abubakar Ibrahim Idris and former Governor Idris Wada.
6. VAT INCREASE: PDP urges NASS to ‘save the nation from collapse’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) from the current 5 percent to 7.3 percent. According to the party, the current economic situation in the country will make the increase an unbearable burden for Nigerians.
7. 1000 PDP members defect to APC
About 1000 members belonging to the Buruji Kashamu faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The defectors are from the Ogun East Senatorial District of the state.
8. Buratai wants Nigerian media to stop giving ‘undue publicity’ to Boko Haram
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on Friday, urged Nigerians and the media to stop discussing or reporting Boko Haram. According to him, terrorists were being given “undue publicity” which had further boosted their image.
9. UNILAG driver facing investigative panel commits suicide
The management of the University of Lagos, Akoka, on Friday confirmed that one of the drivers employed by the institution, Sunday Meshioye, has allegedly committed suicide by taking a deadly insecticide, sniper. The development was confirmed by the Principal Assistant Registrar and Head of Information Unit, UNILAG, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, adding that Meshioye, a driver attached to the Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Science, was facing a panel over a bus in his care which got burnt.
10. ICPC seals Abuja residence of NFF 2nd Vice President
Operatives of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday sealed the Abuja residence of 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mallam Shehu Dikko. It was gathered that the deployment came following an order of forfeiture of the property by a Federal High Court on Friday.